Quotations of Wisdom

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Kurt Gödel

It is a mistake to argue rather than report. This is the same mistake the positivists make: to prove everything from nothing. A large part is not to prove but to call attention to certain immediately given but not provable facts. It is futile to try to prove what is given. [Q1964]

Margaret Mead

Human nature is potentially aggressive and destructive and potentially orderly and constructive. [Q1419]

David Foster Wallace

This diagnosis can be done in about two lines. It doesn't engage anybody. [Q984]

Meister Eckhart

Words derive their power from the original word. [Q1639]

Abraham Lincoln

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? [Q1295]

Thomas Jefferson

This I hope will be the age of experiments in government, and that their basis will be founded in principles of honesty, not of mere force [Q541]

Albert Einstein

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. [Q19]

Saul Alinsky

Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life. [Q989]

Maya Angelou

We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders. [Q689]

Arlo Guthrie

I'd rather have friends who care than friends who agree with me. [Q353]

Plato

Science is nothing but perception. [Q892]

Molière

Grammar, which knows how to control even kings. [Q2086]

Stephen Hadely

Initial reports are encouraging. In the end of the day, it's going to be deeds, not words, that matter. [Q1201]

Sam Ewing

When you finally go back to your old home, you find it wasn't the old home you missed but your childhood. [Q2076]

Virgil

Happy is he who can trace effects to their causes. [Q1579]

Sim Van der Ryn

The best design experience occur when no one can claim credit for the solution – when the solution grows and evolves organically out a particular situation, process, and pattern of communication. [Q345]

Matt Drudge

I didn't go to the right schools, didn't come from a well-known family, nor was I even remotely connected to a powerful publishing dynasty. [Q1196]

Steven Spielberg

We have to realize that people are not born with hatred. They acquire it. We have the responsibility to listen to the voices of history so that future generations never forget what so few lived to tell! [Q1221]

René Descartes

You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing. [Q1129]

Albert Einstein

Times such as these have always bred defeatism and despair. But there remain, nonetheless, some few among us who believe man has within him the capacity to meet and overcome even the greatest challenges of this time. If we want to avoid defeat, we must wish to know the truth and be courageous enough to act upon it. If we get to know the truth and have the courage, we need not despair. [Q1874]

Thurgood Marshall

Mere access to the courthouse doors does not by itself assure a proper functioning of the adversary process. [Q754]

Hippocrates

If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health. [Q1028]

Blaise Pascal

It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants. [Q591]

Arthur Erickson

Our incapacity to comprehend other cultures stems from our insistence on measuring things in our own terms. [Q283]

John Maynard Keynes

Ideas shape the course of history. [Q94]

Clarence Darrow

Laws should be like clothes. They should be made to fit the people they serve. [Q1104]

Václav Havel

People have passed through a very dark tunnel at the end of which there was a light of freedom. Unexpectedly they passed through the prison gates and found themselves in a square. They are now free and they don't know where to go. [Q1762]

Loris Harrow

Notice what no one else notice, and you'll see what no one else knows, What you get is what you get, what you do with what you get, that's more the point. — City of Ember [Q296]

Brian Greene

The boldness of asking deep questions may require unforeseen flexibility if we are to accept the answers. [Q741]

Antonio Damasio

We all woke up this morning and we had with it the amazing return of our conscious mind. We recovered minds with a complete sense of self and a complete sense of our own existence — yet we hardly ever pause to consider this wonder. [Q1979]

Clarence Darrow

I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of. [Q1097]

Senator Paul Simon

My Christian heritage and beliefs are part of me, but through the years I have become more sensitive to the great harm that religious beliefs can cause as well as the great good they can create. [Q1687]

Grady Booch

The function of good software is to make the complex appear to be simple. [Q674]

Maya Angelou

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors. [Q688]

Bill Gates

The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. [Q1292]

Henry Ford

The one aim of these financiers is world control by the creation of inextinguishable debt. [Q1970]

Ken Kesey

You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case. [Q1507]

Hypatia

All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final. [Q1237]

Henry Drummond

Realizing that I may prejudice the case of my client, I must tell you that right has no meaning for me whatsoever, but truth has meaning as a direction. — Inherit the Wind [Q101]

Margaret Mead

Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live all by itself in a box the way we do. With no relatives, no support, we've put it in an impossible situation. [Q954]

Henry Drummond

Then why did God plaint us with the power to think? Mr. Brady, why do you deny the one faculty of man that raises him above the other creatures of the earth: the power of his brain to reason? — Inherit the Wind [Q105]

Richard P. Feynman

Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts. [Q973]

William Gibson

I think that technologies are morally neutral until we apply them. It's only when we use them for good or for evil that they become good or evil. [Q681]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children. [Q1081]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it. [Q1412]

John Burroughs

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life. [Q1316]

The Rum Diaries

The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but to those who can see it coming and jump aside. [Q2047]

Edward Thorndike

Psychology helps to measure the probability that an aim is attainable. [Q454]

Ibni Sina

The world is divided into men who have wit and no religion and men who have religion and no wit. [Q1922]

Herbert Simon

Most of us really aren't horribly unique. There are 6 billion of us. Put 'em all in one room and very few would stand out as individuals. So maybe we ought to think of worth in terms of our ability to get along as a part of nature, rather than being the lords over nature. [Q645]

Ward Cunningham

The code might be organized in a hierarchy, but the solution has more dimensions than will fit in a hierarchy. So when you discover a solution in a dimension that crosses across the hierarchy, you just have to go where the solution takes you and put the solution in. [Q1017]

Ward Cunningham

A wiki is like a party that doesn’t have to stop. It’s a party that doesn’t get crowded because new rooms appear when needed. It’s a timeless party where you can try each conversation over and over until you get it right. [Q1007]

Albert Einstein

A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it. [Q394]

Bono

Music can change the world because it can change people. [Q635]

Hideki Tōjō

In the shadow of the prosperity of Europe and America, the colored peoples of East Asia and Africa have been sacrificed and forced into a state of semi-colonization. I would point out that the cultural advance of these people has been suppressed in the past and continues to be suppressed in the present by policies designed to keep them in ignorance. [Q1070]

David Hume

The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny. [Q1361]

Neil deGrasse Tyson

When ignorance lurks, so too do the frontiers of discovery and imagination. [Q232]

Christopher Alexander

We are searching for some kind of harmony between two intangibles: a form which we have not yet designed and a context which we cannot properly describe. [Q668]

Wendell Berry

One cannot reduce terror by holding over the world the threat of what it most fears. [Q1332]

Alexis de Tocqueville

The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens. [Q962]

Senator Paul Simon

With flawed understanding, I try to reach reality in religion. But I know my understanding is flawed, and that helps to avoid excessively dogmatic assertions. [Q1696]

Francis Bacon

Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority. [Q1952]

John Adams (HBO Miniseries)

Our first step would be to incur a national debt. The greater the debt, the greater the credit. And to that end I have recommended to the president that Congress adopt all the debts incurred by the individual states during the war through a national bank. The idea being that if the states owe Congress money, then other nations will feel more inclined to lend it to us. — (Unite or Die[5]) Alexander Hamilton [Q1134]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Beware how you take away hope from another human being. [Q1075]

Galileo Galilei

It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved. [Q945]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents. [Q471]

Lucretius

Pleasant it is, when over a great sea the winds trouble the waters, to gaze from shore upon another's great tribulation; not because any man's troubles are a delectable joy, but because to perceive you are free of them yourself is pleasant. [Q1561]

Eoghan Harris

Factualism is fancy foreplay, it rarely penetrates the truth. Factualism is media masturbation. [Q140]

Gregor Mendel

My scientific studies have afforded me great gratification; and I am convinced that it will not be long before the whole world acknowledges the results of my work. [Q1429]

Jeremy Taylor

It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance, for it requires knowledge to perceive it; and, therefore, he that can perceive it hath it not. [Q718]

Tupac Shakur

I'm a reflection of the community. [Q1308]

Dalai Lama

The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis. [Q544]

Theodore Roosevelt

It is essential that there should be organization of labor. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize. [Q1283]

Robert Fuller

When we're unable to stand up to put-downs, we hate those who diminish us; those who, assuming their own superiority, condescend to us or presume to know what's best for us. When we find ourselves without resources or allies, we despise those who take us for nobodies. [Q1348]

Clarence Darrow

The first half of our lives are ruined by our parents and the second half by our children. [Q1107]

Wendell Berry

The logic of governmental efficiency, unchecked, runs straight on, not only to dictatorship, but also to torture, assassination, and other abominations. [Q1334]

Clarence Darrow

History repeats itself, and that's one of the things that's wrong with history. [Q1096]

Swami Vivekananda

Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth. [Q1139]

Caine and Master Kan

Caine - What is my duty to the law? Master Kan - You must assist the law to serve justice. Caine - I have seen a law broken. Would I serve justice if I let it go unpunished? Master Kan - What is the purpose of this law? Caine - Discipline. Master Kan - And who is served by this discipline? Caine - Each one who obeys the law. Master Kan - Then to break the law of self discipline denies justice only to one's self. Caine - The same with all laws? Master Kan - Consider if you break the law, do you deny justice only to your self? — - "Kung Fu" Empty Pages of a Dead Book 1973 Season 2, Episode 13 [Q616]

Thor Heyerdahl

Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity. [Q1539]

Voltaire

We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard. [Q1306]

Albert Einstein

Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. [Q26]

Plato

There is no harm in repeating a good thing. [Q902]

David S Allen

Discourse is viewed as necessary for citizens to come together and realize what problems they have in common without losing individual identity, to resist forces within society that seeks to divide people, and to begin treating others with respect and dignity. The democracy we live in today is fundamentally at odds with those beliefs. One only needs to listen to political talk shows in the United States to realize that concept such as understanding, respect, and civility are not central elements of political culture. Perhaps the never have been. But if we are serious about revitalizing public live in the United States, we have to give people a reason and opportunity to get involved. — Democracy, Inc — Introduction — Page 8. [Q239]

Clarence Darrow

Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat tails. [Q1093]

Richard Bach

Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully. [Q469]

Miles Davis

I'm always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning... Every day I find something creative to do with my life. [Q2051]

Dante Alighieri

The secret of getting things done is to act! [Q1516]

Mohandas Gandhi

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. [Q554]

Meister Eckhart

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. [Q1627]

Scott Nesler

The task of doing good is subjective, requiring refinement to reach its highest potential. [Q1179]

Carl Sagan

We are born to delight in this world. We are taught to distinguish our preconceptions from the truth. Then new worlds are discovered as we decipher the mysteries of the cosmos. Science is a collective enterprise that embraces many cultures and spans the generations in every age and sometimes in the most unlikely places there are those who wish with a great passion to understand the world. There is noway of knowing where the next discovery will come from. What dream of the minds eye will remake the world. — Cosmos [Q1238]

Marshall McLuhan

Obsolescence never meant the end of anything, it's just the beginning. [Q1467]

Agile Programming as described on Wikipedia

There are many specific agile development methods. Most promote development iterations, teamwork, collaboration, and process adaptability throughout the life-cycle of the project. [Q249]

Dale Carnegie

Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail, couched in concrete, colorful language, is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience. [Q282]

Alexis de Tocqueville

I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all. [Q959]

Albert Einstein

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. [Q20]

Albert Einstein

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. [Q22]

Aristotle

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. [Q855]

Jonas Salk

Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors. [Q487]

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